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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — December 1, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

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Our team is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on December 5 from 6-8 p.m. at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101.

Orange Line Living logoThe seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and 1 on 1 appointments.

We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process.

Not only will you get a complete home buying overview, but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase. The event is totally free and all attendees will receive two guarantees just for attending.

  1. Buyer satisfaction guarantee! If you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months!*
  2. $1,500 home purchase credit (exclusive to event attendees only)*

When: Monday, December 5th from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks

Registerhttp://livetheorangeline.com/vip-buyer-seminar/
Contact[email protected] or call 571-969-7653

We will be providing drinks and appetizers. Space is limited to sign up now so you do not miss out. To register email: [email protected].

The preceding was sponsored by Orange Line Living/Optime Realty. *Terms and conditions apply.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 30, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

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Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he is not the listing agent of these homes.

The bulk of the “post-Thanksgiving” 2016 celebratory days are over with. Until next year, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday (personally I think there should be a #GivingTuesday every week to support our awesome local nonprofits!).

To keep the spirit going strong, I have declared this a new day in Arlington County: Real Estate Wednesday. It’s the day where you can start thinking about (and maybe acting on) one of the most important purchases you’ll make. Yes, despite how alluring the newest 64-inch TV is every year… buying a home of your very own may be a much better investment in the long run.

The good thing about this Real Estate Wednesday is that there are no doorbusters and no fighting with neighbors over a Furby. It’s all about you… your budget… and what you want in the long run.

So, let’s roll and GET MORE out of your transaction!

As of November 28, there are 192 detached homes, 36 townhouses and 253 apartments for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 13 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.

by ARLnow.com — November 29, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Jhumpa LahiriRegister for the event here.

Imagine arriving in a new country and facing the immense challenge of adjusting to a culture and a language that are different from the ones you have always known.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri — a first-generation immigrant to the United States who moved to Italy in her forties — has experienced firsthand the emotional and physical challenges that come with immigrating to a new country. Those are the experiences Lahiri draws on in her books, which force readers to consider the surprising and complex trials faced by immigrants and their families.

On Monday, December 5, Jhumpa Lahiri will join economist Tyler Cowen at George Mason University’s Arlington campus for a wide-ranging conversation as part of the Mercatus Center’s Conversations with Tyler series. Admission is free and the conversation will be open to the public.

Register here and take a look at other upcoming conversations.

Tyler CowenLahiri’s distinct talent and unique point of view make her a natural fit for Conversations with Tyler, a discussion series that engages today’s top thinkers in one-on-one conversations with economist Tyler Cowen. Past guests include tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, renowned academic Camille Paglia, and “super forecaster” Nate Silver.

Of Lahiri, Tyler Cowen says, “Her books have delighted millions, drawing together history, romance, philosophy, global interconnections, and most of all the drama of human life.”

Lahiri’s work also explores the tension many immigrants feel between the cultural values of their homeland and those of their adopted home. In a piece for the New Yorker, she wrote of feeling a “continuous sense of estrangement” from both her native country of India and America–the country where she was raised.

This sense of “exile” drove her to adopt another language entirely. Instead of attempting to embrace the American culture and language that felt as foreign as her native Indian, Lahiri moved to Italy and learned to speak and write in Italian. She embraced an entirely different culture and language and continues to be a successful author in Italian.

Lahiri’s most recent work, In Other Words (2016), an autobiography written in both English and Italian, explores the often emotionally fraught links between identity and language. Once again drawing upon personal experiences, Lahiri continues to strike a chord with readers.

Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her first published work “Interpreter of Maladies” (1999). She also received the PEN/Hemingway Award for best fiction debut of the year and an O. Henry Prize. In 2015, the National Endowment for the Humanities at the White House granted Lahiri the prestigious National Humanities Medal. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Princeton University in the Lewis Center for the Art’s Program in Creative Writing.

Register for “A Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri” on Monday, December 5. The preceding was written and sponsored by the Mercatus Center.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 22, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Fusion Academy Alexandria is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential.

We are a non-traditional community of learning with the smallest class size possible: one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows us to personalize curriculum for each student’s unique strengths, interests, and learning style. We are also able to customize scheduling; students may enroll at any time (even mid-semester or during the summer) and take classes at a time of day that works best for them.

We just moved into our permanent campus space at 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 100 in Alexandria. You are invited to see our new space and meet our team at an Open House on December 8.

You’ll get to peek in our teacher-customized one-to-one classes, hang out in the Homework Café®, be inspired in our mixed-media art studio, and jam in our state-of-the-art recording studio. We’ll also share student stories and the exciting things they have been working on since we started teaching in September.

Classes are offered at three levels: essential, college prep, and honors. From algebra to yoga and everything in between, we have a wide variety of classes to choose from. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or utilize our tutoring services. In addition to academics, we partner with outside therapeutic professionals to support students’ emotional health and help foster a balanced life.

While it’s impossible to put our students into categories, we generally serve students with the following backgrounds: accelerated/gifted learners, ADHD, dyslexia, mild learning differences, social challenges, school anxiety, or students with challenging schedules. Students who attend Fusion have one thing in common: traditional school isn’t working.

Fusion has over 37 campuses across the country in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Antigone, parent from our Lake Forest, Illinois campus says: “The teachers at Fusion have offered my son the highest content classes with the perfect amount of purposeful homework for reinforcement. Accelerated learning and inspiration happens in the classroom. This has allowed for unique extracurricular activities and family time to enrich his life after school. Fusion provides balance between high academics and nurturing the childhood years. Everyone in our family is less stressed with this approach to learning.”

Connect with us at FusionAlexandria.com to learn more and RSVP for the December 8 open house.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Fusion Academy.

by Buzz McClain — November 15, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

It’s been barely a year of business for the Arlington-based family tour firm TripUSAFrance, but in that time, dozens of travelers have experienced the South of France with Julia Girard-Gervois and her Montpellier-based father Stephane, and the rave reviews are pouring in.

“I loved eating at places frequented by the locals and the picnic lunch catered by Julia’s mom at the beach was beautiful and delicious,” said Katie L. “We saw so much — from walled cities to Medieval castles to rides on Montpellier’s trolleys. Much better than fighting tourists in Paris!”

“We have traveled extensively throughout Europe and France, but had never been to Montpellier and its environs,” said Tim S. “TripUsaFrance put together a wonderful tour of Medieval cities, castles, cathedrals and country sides. Of particular note were the sound and light show of Chagall paintings and the cooking school. And hosts Julia and Stephane couldn’t have been nicer.  They went out of their way to make sure everyone in our group — ages 35 to 92 — had a great time.”

The common theme to these comments is the personal touch Julia brings to each adventure. It’s part of the company’s purpose.

With the motto “Travel like a local,” TripUSAFrance crafts culturally interactive tours so you can actually experience the culture, not just see it.

“We want the travelers to experience France like a local would by sharing our culture and traditions, showing them our secret spots, teaching them our language and habits, introducing them to as many local French people as possible such as the owner of the hotel, friends, and neighbors. When these locals recognize our travelers and say hello to them it makes them feel like they are part of the community and even more welcome. This is only possible because we are a small group, no more than 14 people, and because they are staying in the same hotel and city for a week, which we consider more like a village. This is what makes our tour unique and special,” Julia said.

Upon arrival, Julia and Stephane drive you to your beautifully renovated beach hotel, just steps away from the Mediterranean Sea. Each morning you are treated to a French Breakfast at the hotel before they pick you up for the day’s activities. With most of the sites within 1 hour of driving and departure times around 9:00am every day, you get plenty of rest and still have enough time to see everything on the tour without feeling rushed.

Inclusive pricing provides you with daily breakfast, lunch and snacks, three dinners, local transportation and accommodations, admission to wine tastings and other activities.

According to clients, highlights include homemade picnics of regional dishes, learning to play Petanque, interacting with locals, attending cooking classes, wine-tastings, learning French, and, said Julia, “simply realizing that we are becoming friends by the end of the week.”

Julia and Stephane’s tour is a perfect combination of historical sites and experiencing the French lifestyle with two passionate local tour guides. No lines, no tourist traps, no hassle. It is a one-of-a-kind insider tour of Southern France that those who partake in the journey will never forget.

Act fast and book before Dec 31, 2016 to save $300 off the regular tour price with their early bird discount!

To learn more about the tour and book a trip, check out www.TripUSAFrance.com. For more information call 703-485-6894 or email Julia at [email protected]

The preceding post was sponsored by TripUSAFrance and written by Buzz McClain

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 20, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

One of NVHomes’ most innovative communities, Metro Row, is now selling! Just steps from the Vienna Metro, in a rapidly growing part of Fairfax, Virginia, this recently unveiled enclave of exceptional townhomes commands a closer look at what many consider to be a dramatically different–and highly attractive–new way to live.

Location, location, location. Wherever you are headed, Metro Row puts the entire Washington DC region at your fingertips. Consider these facts: On the orange line, downtown DC is just 20 minutes away. The eclectic dining, shopping, entertainment and fitness options of the thriving Mosaic District are just a mile and a half down the road, while Tysons Corner, Old Town Fairfax and the future development at Fairfax Circle are only a few miles away. Drivers will be thrilled to discover Metro Row is just one exit off the Beltway, seconds from I-66 and just off Route 29.

The community’s commitment to cultivating evolved living doesn’t stop at its phenomenal location. Inspired by the artistic, clean lines of today’s favored urban destinations, Metro Row features elegant, cutting-edge designs from the outside in. Modern brick façades lead to expansive floorplans with a minimum of 2,200 square feet that accommodate up to four bedrooms, three and-a-half bathrooms and a 1- or 2-car garage. NVHomes’ trademark quality and craftsmanship prevail over every aspect of these stunning townhomes.

Be prepared for the rooftop terrace–it just may steal the show. This captivating space literally elevates outdoor living to a whole new level, offering a fabulous place to entertain, unwind or take in the bird’s eye views. Home prices start from $799,990.

For more information, visit www.MetroRowNV.com or call 571-748-9528.

The preceding was sponsored by and written on behalf of NVHomes.

by Buzz McClain — October 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm 0

mason-group-trio-1024Ask Jim Fox to describe Arlington’s real estate market and he gives you a weather report: “Hot, hot, hot,” he said. “There are multiple offers and escalation clauses, and properties aren’t lingering because they’re priced right and they show well.”

Fox should know. The longtime Arlington resident has worked the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., market as a Realtor for more than 30 years. Now he owns The Mason Group, a member of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the Number 1 privately owned real estate company in the country.

With such a seller’s market as it is now — the inventory is remarkably low — it must be easy moving Arlington’s residential real estate.

“You never sit back and wait,” Fox said. “You can’t do that if you’re a good agent. We’re proactive. We’re pushing all the advertising out as soon as we list the property.

Fox said his partners, Ki Hatch and Terry Moore, “are diligent, hardworking and treat everybody like family. They’re born and raised in Northern Virginia so they know the market inside and out.” The team was chosen as a one of the top Realtor teams of 2015 in both Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine.

The key, he said, is efficiency in making and closing offers, avoiding common pitfalls and creating a frictionless experience for the buyers and sellers.

“When we find that right house we know how to write the contract and submit it quickly,” he said.

While many Realtors get their client’s pre-approved, Fox said The Mason Group goes further. “We get a commitment letter from their bank so they’re credit-ready to go as soon as they find a house.

“They don’t have to go through the whole mortgage loan process. They’re basically done except for finding the house. That sets them up for success.”

Contact The Mason Group (website is here) at 800-382-2345 or by email at [email protected]. See their Facebook page here.

The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by The Mason Group.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

Stitch — a 3-year-old, neutered, 6-pound Chihuahua — doesn’t know why his people gave him up at an animal shelter last spring, but he does know that he’s ready to weave himself into the heart and life of the right new owner.

Stitch is hoping for someone who is retired, works from home or is a homebody.

This handsome boy has the classic Chihuahua look (adorable), personality (charming) and bladder (tiny!). He’s lovable and devoted, courageous and comical. Stitch is the lap dog you’ve always wanted and will make sure you’re never alone at home, shadowing you from room to room and sleeping sweetly in your lap, perhaps after his favorite activity: the daily walk!

Stitch is all dog, and all terrier (tenacious and bold!) He wants to make sure you know he’s not a doll and he’s not a child — in fact, he would like to be the #1 little dude, and the only pet, in a child-free home. He’d really love it if you took him to class to learn more manners and maybe some tricks, too.

Stitch is a very healthy boy, current on vaccines, monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. He even had a full dental cleaning in August. His foster mom has had him long enough to give you all the details about handsome Stitch — no surprises and lots of great dog-owner tips.

Contact her at [email protected] or view his profile at http://lostdogrescue.org/stitch-3/.

The preceding was was sponsored post.

by Buzz McClain — October 3, 2016 at 7:45 am 0

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Over the years Beatriz Sampaio has seen the residential and commercial cleaning industry evolve. And over those years her own company, simply called A Cleaning Service, has evolved as well.

Founded in 1985, A Cleaning Service has been providing high-quality, competitively priced and diligently performed cleaning to residences and businesses in the Arlington and Washington, D.C. area for more than three decades. It’s a business that Beatriz has devoted her life to, but it was never her first idea.

Beatriz came to the U.S. from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985 after studying at a university there. After less than a year in the states, she and a friend-turned-business-partner acquired a house-cleaning company based in Arlington. The previous owner was looking to leave the business, and handed over the keys to Beatriz and her partner.

Beatriz had no experience running a business but was eager to take on the challenge. She said she learned by working and watching.

“I was so young then, and so fresh,” Beatriz said. “I had the knack for it. I was born to be an entrepreneur.”

Part of that knack was having a competitive instinct and a flair for leadership. She empowers her more than 50 employees and gives them opportunities to grow. “I guide them so they can succeed,” she said. “We work as a team and work together. Some have been with me all 30 years.”

Their quality has been recognized as an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner (2011-2015).

A Cleaning Service is independently owned and operated and is deliberately not a franchise. “I like being my own boss and I like being competitive,” Beatriz said. “And I’m very creative.”

In what spare time has she enjoys listening to jazz and classical music, playing classical guitar, painting and solving math problems.

To reach Beatriz Sampaio to schedule service or arrange for an estimate, call 703-892-8648. See their website here.

 The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by A Cleaning Service.

by Buzz McClain — September 26, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Imagine your meals being prepared by fitness trainers who eat like gourmets.

No, plain chicken breast and steamed broccoli are not on the menu. But you would expect good, clean protein, a lively variety of vegetables and fruit, all of it seasonal and flavorful and sourced at local farms that eschew chemicals.

Even if you are not a gym rat, Crossfit enthusiast or marathoner — and even if your idea of exercise is your nightly walk with the dog (that counts!) — MightyMeals will bring to you freshly prepared, multi-course meals and snacks created with meats and produce from nearby small farmers that will improve your lifestyle by adding time and nutrition to your busy schedule.

Hence the motto, “Where quality meets convenience.”

And as it happens, MightyMeals was founded by two fitness trainers — Dan Graziano and Alex Lebonitte — who stumbled onto a viable startup business when Graziano, as a favor, cooked meals for a few of his fitness clients. Their enthusiastic response led him to conclude, happily for the rest of us, a home-delivery prepared-food service is cheaper than opening a gym.

Chef Stefano Marzano, also a founding owner who learned his craft at his family’s longtime Washington Italian eatery Luigi’s, brings an experienced hand and versatile culinary skills to the kitchen.

Clients throughout Northern Virginia, stimulated by the quality and preparation, not to mention the health-conscious portion control and the ever-changing menu, have signed on to the year-old business to have their orders either delivered to their doors on Sundays or arranged for pick up at locations throughout the region, including several convenient locations in Arlington.

Because of the rapid acceptance, the company has been able to leverage its scale to purchase quality meats and vegetables from local producers — including Cibola Farm, Parting Ridge Farm, Saddle Ridge Farm, Whippoorwill Farm and the famed Polyface Farm — at rates that allow MightyMeals to price their rotating 14 entrees and snacks at reasonable prices.

For example: Jerk chicken with mango salsa, lemon pepper bistro steak with Brussels sprouts and pasteurized bacon, and bison lasagna are about $10. Penne primavera with beef and bison meatballs? About $10. Cobb salad with free-range chicken or grass-fed truffle burger? About $10.

Among the menu categories are “lean,” “farm to table,” “Paleo friendly,” “protein packed” as well as vegetarian and gluten free. Graziano says clients report that children enjoy the meals as much as their grownup dinner companions.

Graziano, who looks every bit the fitness trainer that he is, says the name of the service was intentionally “not too masculine and not too feminine. But we wanted something strong.”

MightyMeals. It would seem they’ve cooked up a good idea.

The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by MightyMeals.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 22, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

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Fulcrum Properties Group, a nationally-ranked team of real estate specialists, is expanding to Arlington and is inviting YOU to their expansion party!

Fulcrum Properties Group, an affiliate of Keller Williams, has been helping clients buy and sell homes in the Washington, D.C. area since 2012. The team was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Best of Real Estate Platinum Teams in 2015 and 2016, is a Keller Williams Brokerage Quadruple Platinum Award Recipient.

Fulcrum’s expansion into the Arlington office of Keller Williams Realty Metro Center will be lead by Maria Fernandez, an Arlington resident and named among Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Real Estate Agents in 2016.

Trained in education at Kent State University and Johns Hopkins University, Maria began her career as an educator. Maria brings the communication, listening, and educational skills of a teacher to each client interaction, ensuring that her clients are well-informed participants in making critical decisions.

Maria has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area for more than a decade, and currently resides in Arlington. She enjoys exploring new and undiscovered local restaurants, as well as hiking and running along the area’s extensive network of trails.

What sets Fulcrum Properties Group apart is that in addition to getting Maria’s expertise in the Virginia market, you get Fulcrum’s network of knowledge and experience, as well as a team of specialists focusing on the listing, transaction, and marketing processes.

Join Maria and her team tonight, September 22, at Rustico on Wilson Blvd to learn more about Fulcrum Properties Group and how they can serve your real estate needs.

RSVP HERE

What: Fulcrum Properties Group Expansion Celebration
When: Thursday, September 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Rustico Restaurant and Bar, 4075 Wilson Boulevard

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Fulcrum Properties Group.

by Buzz McClain — September 20, 2016 at 8:15 am 0

Ballston Therapeutic Massage
850 N. Randolph Street
703-558-3633
[email protected]

When Olivia Davison opened Ballston Therapeutic Massage in 2012 in Ballston, she had just five tables for her clients and considerable competition from better-funded national massage chains.

Flash-forward to today: Ballston Therapeutic Massage has 10 tables, a dedicated roster of certified masseuses, and a loyal clientele that could not care less about the big massage chain locations that surround Olivia’s business.

There are several reasons for that. One, their type of massage is perhaps unique in Arlington, and for another, Olivia herself.

“Most of my therapists are from China and Korea,” Olivia said, “so we practice Eastern Massage; they learned Eastern Massage in their home countries.”

And when those therapists go on vacation, they are continuing to learn and practice.

“We encourage continuous education focusing on new techniques, not just here but when they return home to China and Korea for visits,” she said.

Of course, Swedish massage is also offered for those who enjoy the familiar method. They also do “deep tissue surrender,” reflexology, pre- and post-natal massage, hot stone massage, cupping and other therapies.

The emphasis is on the “therapy.” Her regular clients enjoy the benefits of targeted massage that is proven to decrease pain, increase range of motion, relieve stress, lessen depression, relieve migraine pain and boost the immune system, among other life-changing benefits.

“We focus on therapeutic,” she said. “Other places have showers, saunas — what do we do? Just massage. That’s our specialty.”

Olivia has made a point to become involved in the Arlington community, offering massage services at public events such as marathons and school events, and volunteering to work with those with disabilities.

“We love Arlington,” Olivia said. “And we love helping people.”

The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Ballston Therapeutic Massage

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 19, 2016 at 5:55 pm 0

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(Updated at 2:10 p.m.) Funny and creatively vulgar, Hey Frase is a socially relevant ride with an everyday perspective on pop culture and current events that (unlike radio), now you can see to believe.

This coming Friday, join hosts Sarah Fraser and Samy K — yes, THAT Sarah and Samy K — for the Hey Frase Live Show at the Clarendon Ballroom.

If you loved listening to these former morning show co-hosts on HOT 99.5, and most recently, the STM Show on 107.3, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you re-fall in love with them sans censorship. As a live show, it’s more than a podcast, it’s a party!

In the past, each live show has featured special guests like recording artist Traci Braxton, Real Housewives star Ashley Darby, reality star Omarosa, and “sexpert” Reba the Diva.

So who will Hey Frase invite to the stage for their first show in Arlington? How about restaurateur, lifestyle entrepreneur and publicly proclaimed “King of Arlington,” Scott Parker!

If you’ve ever had to fight the night crowds in front of Don Tito in Clarendon, you can thank Scott Parker. If you’ve ever “Sunday Funday’d” so hard at A-Town that it went to Monday, you can thank Scott Parker.

Scott has had a remarkable social and economic impact on the Arlington community, so Sarah and Samy will find out the secret to this JMU grad’s success and unofficially crown him the “King of Arlington.”

Tickets are currently on sale for $25, and it is advised to get them in advance because the Hey Frase Live Show is known to sell out.

Click here to purchase tickets!

Show Details: September 23rd at Clarendon Ballroom

6 p.m.: Pre-show happy hour starts on the rooftop.
7 p.m.: Doors officially open. Guests can order food and drinks for delivery to their seats.
8 p.m.: Show starts.
9 p.m.: Meet and greet the show and take pics.

Binge listen to latest Hey Frase episodes so you’re all caught up!

The preceding was a sponsored post.

by Buzz McClain — September 19, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

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This was never the plan.

To be the owner of a cutting-edge, full-service, self-designed, 7,000-square-foot pet care facility in Bailey’s Crossroads with some 50 employees was not what Ryan Fochler envisioned when he started out simply walking other people’s dogs as a part-time job.

But now the dog walking job has grown to become Dog Paws ‘n Cat Claws Pet Care, offering a full range of pet care services 365 days a year and accumulating reams of kudos from satisfied pet owners, many who have been returning for a dozen years or more.

“It’s pretty cool to have great customers for as long as I have,” said Fochler, who took over the business in 2004 (it was established in 1999).

To make sure his clients and their pets get the best treatment, Fochler stays current on best practices in pet behavior and management through regular consults with his wife, Katie Holloran, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

He has found that this knowledge helps many dogs that have had trouble in other daycare settings. He designed the Dog Paws Bailey’s Crossroads facility to ensure that all dogs could be successful through more efficient and supportive processes and logistics.

And while that important service has made a significant impression, the bulk of the business is dedicated to those already domesticated dogs that just need walking, grooming, boarding, day-care and in-home pet sitting. Adoption services are also available.

The convenience factor of in-home pet sitting for dogs and cats cannot be understated in the D.C. metro area, a region in which residents often have to leave town for short periods, very often with short notice. And for those clients who require boarding for extended stays, Fochler said that’s where his and his staff’s training comes into play.

“In general, when you give a pet what it needs in a happy healthy environment, it will be more likely to be successful.” Playtime, regular walks, socialization, feeding, medications (if needed) and personalized attention from skilled staff are all included services in the daycare and boarding fees at Dog Paws, not specialty add-ons.

Despite the longevity of the business, Fochler said they’re continually improving their services, responding to changing needs organically. “A lot of great systems we have in place now around here happened by chance,” he said with a laugh.

He is most proud of his daylong evaluation process, which came about due to a dog that was having trouble socializing with other dogs. Fochler’s daycare manager, John, who is always in-tune with dogs’ needs, decided to provide a daylong opportunity for this dog to be gradually introduced to the other dogs at the facility that day.

What transpired was truly unexpected — the dog with a history of difficulty in a group of dogs ended the day happily wagging his tail alongside his new doggie friends, and spent years as a favorite of dogs and staff alike, coming back to Dog Paws regularly.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 15, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

As if the location, sweet amenities, $1,000 Giant gift cards and specials were not enough, there are free gourmet Sugar Shack donuts to be had at Alexandria’s Notch 8 open house this weekend.

Notch 8, the brand new upscale apartment community in Alexandria’s Potomac Yard neighborhood, will show the last few remaining available residences during an open house weekend this Saturday (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (from noon to 5) while offering an enticing array of special offers guaranteed to turn heads.

But first, the amenities. Those include, among other things, an extensive courtyard with swimming pool, grilling stations, hammocks, outdoor billiards and fire pit; a game room with Xbox One and PS4; a lounge with an 80-inch flat screen and entertainment kitchen; and a state-of-the-art K!CK fitness center.

A few of the finishes featured inside these modern-industrial apartments are stainless steel appliances, contemporary plank flooring, pantry, kitchen island, oversized windows streaming in natural light and courtyard views, and a hi-tech Nest learning-thermostat.

As this is a JBG community, residents can enjoy the VIA JBG lifestyle services tailored exclusively for Notch 8 residents. From dog walking to dry cleaning and everything in between, VIA JBG connects you with the right people to free up your days. Check out the website for details.

As for the location and transportation options, Notch 8 is located at 2900 Main Line Blvd in Alexandria, convenient to Route 1 and I-395, which offer direct access to the District. The underground garage has EV charging stations and there is a Zipcar right next door.

In addition, there is a dedicated Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to both the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the Blue and Yellow lines.

NOW for the special enticements.

This weekend — in addition to those tasty Sugar Shack donuts awaiting visitors — for those applying on Saturday or Sunday, up to two-and-a-half months are free AND the $450 amenity fee is waived. AND you’ll receive a free session with the K!CK Fitness personal trainer upon moving in, you know, to help work off all those Sugar Shack donuts.

PLUS, you’ll receive a $1,000 gift card for groceries and goodies at the Giant grocery store that is located on-site.

And if that’s not convenient enough for your errands, also on-site is a PNC Bank branch and a Starbucks café for that daily caffeine fix.

Learn more about these brand new upscale apartments and this weekend’s amazing incentives on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

By the way, here’s a fun fact: Notch 8 is named after the highest gear a diesel-electric locomotive can hit. Attend this weekend’s open house event to find out how you too can live in the momentum at Notch 8.

The preceding was a promoted post written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Notch 8.

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